Wasteland 3 skills

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This page lists all skills in Wasteland 3.
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Combat skills[edit | edit source]

Automatic Weapons[edit | edit source]

Makes you more effective with submachine guns and assault rifles. Recommended Attributes: Coordination, Awareness, Speed


Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Assault Rifle hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
SMG hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Puncturing Shot Gopher Hunter Spray N Pray Reckless Double Tap Stormer Trigger Happy

Big Guns[edit | edit source]

Makes you more effective with heavy machine guns, flamethrowers, and other oversized weapons. Recommended Attributes: Awareness, Coordination, Strength

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
HMG hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Flamer hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Move Up! Suppressing Fire Terrorizer Pressure Cooker Steady Shot Wide Spread

Brawling[edit | edit source]

Makes you more effective with fist-based weapons. Brawlers start out weak but have great potential at high levels. Recommended Attributes: Coordination, Intelligence, Charisma

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Combat speed +0.05 +0.1 +0.15 +0.2 +0.25 +0.3 +0.35 +0.4 +0.45 +0.5
Brawling hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Shaolin Surprise Extreme Combo Deadly Combo Flurry of Blows

Melee Combat[edit | edit source]

Makes you more effective with bladed and blunt weapons. Recommended Attributes: Strength, Coordination, Speed

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bladed weapon hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Blunt weapon hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Bleeding Strike Stunning Blow Striking Distance Bloodsport Hack 'N' Slash Pursuit Shrug It Off

Small Arms[edit | edit source]

Makes you more effective with handguns and shotguns. Recommended Attributes: Coordination, Luck, Awareness

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Semi-auto pistol hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Revolver hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Pump shotgun hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Auto shotgun hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Shredder Shot Opportunist Trick Shot Clear Cover Draw! Devastation Counter-Offensive

Sniper Rifles[edit | edit source]

Makes you more effective with sniper rifles. Recommended Attributes: Intelligence, Awareness, Luck

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sniper rifle hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Mark Target Masterful Precision Concentration Chain Ambush

General skills[edit | edit source]

Animal Whisperer[edit | edit source]

Allows you to tame friendly animals to follow you, and temporarily tame hostile animals in combat (level 3 and above).

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Animal level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Animal companion damage +5% +10% +15% +20% +25% +30% +35% +40% +45% +50%
Perks Animal Training Spirit Animal Vengeful Bond

Spirit Animal is a party perk (picked once, affects all animals from all companions).


Difficulty Bonus Location Notes
Animal
Major Tomcat 1/cigarettes +6% Critical Chance Ambush Site (Prologue) Has a unique appearance and much higher CON than other cats.
Billy and Jean 1 +10% Critical Damage Hoon Homestead Unique 2-headed goat with large CON; can stun enemies. Cannot be acquired if the player does not choose to confront Erastus Dorsey during Heads or Tails mission.
Chicken 1 +3% XP Garden of the Gods, Snowed Inn Resort etc.
Rabbit 1 +10% Initiative Aspen, Garden of the Gods etc.
Fox 1 +3m Leadership Aspen, Garden of the Gods etc.
Cat 2 +6% Critical Chance Colorado Springs etc.
Dog 3 +0.1 Combat Speed Colorado Springs, Peterson Air Force Base etc.
Goat 4 +10% Critical Damage Denver, Gett Family Homestead etc. Can stun enemies.
Pig 4 +15 CON Clown Museum, Warrens etc.
Doe 4 +0.5s Sneak Time Machine Commune, Santa's Workshop
Waste Wolf 5 +5% Sneak Attack Damage Hoon Homestead (after choosing to save the Arapaho Caravan), The Bizarre Terrifies enemies (AOE), decreasing enemies' AP by 2.
Razorback 5 +2 Penetration Denver, Department Of Energy Very loud animal; constantly making noises.
Stag 6 +10% Melee Damage Aspen, Machine Commune etc.
Polly (parrot) 7/money +5% Evasion The Bizarre When bought/convinced, Polly starts following the current 'leader' of the party.
Growler Cub 7 +2 Armor Aspen (holding cells with 'bears'), Snowed Inn Resort Large CON, can also terrify enemies but does it less often than waste wolf.
Bison 9 +5% Crit Resistance Knox Bison Ranch Is recruited by a 'leader' character as long as there is any AW 9 character in the party.

If the 'leader' already has an animal follower, the bison becomes the second one.

Badger 10 Downed Time: +1 Massacre Site Enormous CON

Explosives[edit | edit source]

Allows you to deal more damage with explosives, defuse bombs, and avoid losing your digits when they go off.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Disarm difficulty 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Explosive resistance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Explosive damage bonus +5% +10% +15% +20% +25% +30% +35% +40% +45% +50%
Perks Duck and Cover Bomb Recovery Minesweeper Mortar Blast High Impact Blast Radius

First Aid[edit | edit source]

Makes you more effective when using healing items and reviving squad members.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Healing item level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Healing effectiveness +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Healing when reviving +10% +20% +30% +40% +50% +60% +70% +80% +90% +100%
Perks Emergency Response Overhealing Physical Therapy Hypocritic Oath

Sneaky Shit[edit | edit source]

Makes it easier to disarm alarms, evade detection, spot hidden objects, and damage unaware enemies.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Alarm difficulty 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Perception +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +10
Initiative +4% +8% +12% +16% +20% +24% +28% +32% +36% +40$
Detection time +0.3 s +0.6 s +0.9 s +1.2 s +1.5 s +1.8 s +2.1 s +2.4 s +2.7 s + 3 s
Sneak attack damage +10% +20% +30% +40% +50% +60% +70% +80% +90% +100%
Perks Second Chance Close Call Lights Out

Weird Science[edit | edit source]

Increases the damage you deal with unconventional types of weapons, and serves as a requirement for exotic, high-tech equipment.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Weird science 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Energy damage +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Fire damage +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Cold damage +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Overcharge Microwave Research Conductive Beams

Exploration skills[edit | edit source]

Armor Modding[edit | edit source]

Allows you to modify armor, granting it increased protection and additional benefits.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Armor mod level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Perks Tender Loving Care

Lockpicking[edit | edit source]

Allows you to open containers, doors, and other locked objects.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Lock difficulty 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Safe difficulty 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Nerd Stuff[edit | edit source]

Allows you to use and hack computers, and turn hostile robots to your side.

Skill Level
Challenge level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Robot hack 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Computer hack 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Perks Targeting Override Electric Leakage Overclock

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

You can repair vehicles, generators and other machines more effectively. You also do more damage to mechanical foes.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mechanics req. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Fix machines 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Repair kit eff. +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Damage vs. robots +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Damage vs. vehicles +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Damage vs. synths +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Structural Weakness Handy Reinforced Plating Fortify

Survival[edit | edit source]

Improves your ability to avoid dangers on the World Map, and contend with hostile wildlife.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Avoid world map enc. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Damage vs. animals +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Damage vs. mutants +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Big Game Hunter Explorer's Instinct

Toaster Repair[edit | edit source]

Allows you to repair broken toasters.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Toaster repair lvl. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Perks Toaster Expert Breakfast Bandit Heating Element Toasty

Weapon Modding[edit | edit source]

Allows you to modify your weapons, and strip them down for parts.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Weapon mod lvl. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Field stripping scrap +10% +20% +30% +40% +50% +60% +70% +80% +90% +100%
Perks Scrounger's Touch Powder Packer Expert Disassembler

Social skills[edit | edit source]

Barter[edit | edit source]

Allows you to buy items for less, and sell them for more.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sell value +50% +100% +150% +200% +250% +300% +350% +400% +450% +500%
Buy cost -1% -2% -3% -4% -5% -6% -7% -8% -9% -10%
Perks Penny Pincher Antiques Appraiser

Hard Ass[edit | edit source]

Allows you to intimidate others to do what you want and throw them off guard.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Hard Ass lvl 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Kiss Ass[edit | edit source]

Allows you to sweet-talk information out of others and bring them to your way of thinking.

Leadership[edit | edit source]

Inspires your nearby allies, and grants you abilities to command the battlefield.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Ally hit chance +1% +2% +3% +4% +5% +6% +7% +8% +9% +10%
Ally damage bonus

on boss kill

+2.5% +5% +7.5% +10% +12.5% +15% +17.5% +20% +22.5% +25%
Ally bonus crit chance

on multi-kill

+2% +4% +6% +8% +10% 12% +14% +16% 18% 20%
Ally bonus CON healed

on revive

+2% +4% +6% +8% +10% 12% +14% +16% 18% 20%
Perks Rally Demoralize